Fourteen small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs), from the Madibeng municipal area, have enrolled in a one-year development and enterprise acceleration programme offered by the De Wildt Solar farm.
The 12-month programme, which kicked off in June, has the purpose of supporting and developing local SMMEs that are currently in the supplier value chain and those that are part of the enterprise development value chain of local companies and municipalities.
“This programme is aimed at providing formal enterprise development and equipping small local business owners with the necessary business skills to operate, develop and improve the profitability and longevity of their businesses through mentoring and coaching,” said Celiwe Mabaso, Community Operations Manager for De Wildt Solar, that is funding the programme aimed to stimulate local entrepreneurs and small enterprises.
The monthly workshops will cover topics such as business, finance, marketing, operations, business decision-making, and ethics. The workshops also introduce technology and other relevant tools to assist with creating access to the market and ensuring business sustainability.
One of the fourteen programme participants, small business owner Tebogo Modau, said he was honoured to be part of the development programme. “My dream is to have a very successful and well-established company that prides itself in working to uplift communities and develop more young entrepreneurs.”
The development programme was launched, following research in the area that highlighted the need for access to training, accurate information, skills, human resources, business capital, business support services, and social and business connections.
De Wildt Solar’s Enterprise Development Programme is aimed at helping small enterprises to accelerate sustainable growth. It directly benefits the communities of Brits, Mmakau, Mothotlung, Lethlabile, Ga-Rankuwa and surrounding areas within a 50km radius of the solar project. These projects include training and accelerator programmes, skills development training and other welfare initiatives.